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Patrick Nagatani

"Fat Man and the Little Boy," F-111D’s, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing

From the series "Nuclear Enchantment"

(North America.United States.Illinois.Chicago, 1945 - October 27, 2017)

1990

Ilfocolor print

20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of George Stephanopoulos

2008.142

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“Fat Man” (the implosion bomb) and “Little Boy” (the uranium gun) were the code names for the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945—the first uses of atomic weapons in combat. Here Nagatani’s son Met holds a toy airplane as he watches F-111D aircrafts from the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing in flight (actually models photographed by the artist). Cannon Air Force Base is the only North American facility using the F-111Ds. In the 1990s, they always pointed toward Central America so they could be rapidly deployed against any threat from there.

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United States